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Living with learning disabilities in a cashless society

LoucLouc Member Posts: 13 Courageous
edited November 2020 in News and opportunities
I am a trustee of a parent carer forum and we are looking to write up an article on how the covid 19 pandemic has speeded up the journey towards a cashless society and how this is likely affecting people with learning disabilities and other disabilities. We would not make any reference to named individuals, we are just interested to hear of people's experiences and any life hacks to offer parents of young people with LD. Thank you.


  • poppy123456poppy123456 Member Posts: 22,218 Disability Gamechanger

    My daughter has a learning disability and counting money for her is a nightmare. She uses her hands to count numbers but when in shops this isn't possible. Although she's almost 20 she still struggles with this. For this reason when she's out shopping i must be honest, cash payments for her would be impossible. Cash payments in my opinion are so much better than cash, especially for those that struggle.
    Proud winner of the 2019 empowering others award. This award was given for supporting disabled people and their families for the benefit advice I have given to members here on the community.
  • Cher_ScopeCher_Scope Posts: 3,789

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    edited November 2020
    Hi @Louc This sounds like an increasingly relevant subject to speak about.  I'm looking forward to reading the article if you could share it with us when it's done?

    Also, could you send us a little email to [email protected] so we can clarify how you will use our members comments?  We just need to make sure any details/data are kept safe.

    Many thanks :)
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  • woodbinewoodbine Community Co-Production Group Posts: 4,146 Disability Gamechanger
    I think that even before covid we were heading or maybe hurtling towards being a cashless society especially with the closure of bank branches and the removal of ATM's, I don't think it will be long before we have to start paying to withdraw our own cash more so if interest rates go negative.
    To be honest I has never used my cards as contactless until about a year ago but I just looked and I haven't withdrawn any cash for 6 weeks now.
    I'm afraid it's called the march of time, some will see it as progress others as a pain.
    "Putting a child into care, isn't caring for a child" (T.Rhattigan)
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